Archive for October, 2010
I have a friend who has conquered several addictions in her life. It has taken much effort and courage on her part to do so. And yet, she is still plagued by an incredible amount of fears that sometime nearly immobilize her but, more commonly, pop up just often enough to just keep her from actualizing her full potential.
Today during a phone conversation with her it dawned on me she’s addicted to fear. It’s a strange statement to make, I know. Why would anyone be addicted to fear? Well, if that’s pretty much all you’ve ever known… it would be easy.
So I got to thinking how we in this country have been so conditioned with “manipulation by fear” for so long that, like my friend, we’re addicted to it. We can‘t seem to get along without it.
After all, almost all media to which we are exposed can be summed up in the adage “Dog Bites Man” doesn’t sell. “Man Bites Dog”…now that sells! Why? Because for a lot longer than I can attest to personally (hello? original sin?) we have been conditioned to respond to a negative rather than a positive. And, like any conditioning, we’ve become used to it. Like hanging. Isn’t that how the saying goes? “If you hang long enough you get used to it?” Problem is, when you get used to hanging its death you’ve grow accustomed to… not life.
So it is with fear.
Whether it’s an erratic Dow Jones Industrial Average, a potential terrorist attack, a category 4 hurricane, possible flu pandemic, toxic green house gasses, or the endlessly broadcast, telecast and webcast stories of tragedy, thievery and criminality… we are hooked on being afraid. And left unchecked, fear gets in the way of movement in a positive direction. In fact, in the extreme, fear gets in the way of movement. Period.
Our addiction makes us slaves… no matter how democratic and free we think we are.
What’s the answer?
Well, it’s like I told my friend today. She kicked diet pills, gambling and smoking by going cold turkey. Like Nancy Reagan suggested… by just saying “No.” My friend got angry at herself each time she reached her tolerance limit because the substance controlled her. She didn’t control it.
Now getting angry is not usually a good thing. But when you use anger-energy to motivate your own Will to overcome that which has overrun you… then anger gets put to constructive use. And after all, isn’t anger just another form of energy? When used correctly, all energy can be used for the highest good.
My thinking is that a nation addicted to fear needs to go cold turkey. But we need to start one person at a time. So today, turn off or tune out or walk away from anything that emanates or generates fear. Say “no” to fear and take back your life. The alternative is slavery and death.
You’ve got a choice, you know.
It’s called Free Will.
The past two weeks have been challenging. First recovering from a virus followed by a sprained shoulder… it’s been a lot of “non-activity” to ask of someone who is inclined to always be working on something. However, since I make it a practice to walk my talk I have to ask myself, “What is the higher lesson to be learned here?”
I think I have it. The Universe has a rhythm. In order to successfully live within the Universe, and in harmony with its rhythm, requires us to feel it and more importantly align with it.
I have a tendency to try to move things at my own pace. This translates into impatience. It’s kind of funny that I still find myself impatient since I tell my clients that impatience is “the absence of trust in Divine Timing manifested as a need to control outcomes.”
You’d think I’d remember and follow my own advice.
But, like everyone else, I have an ego that occasionally enjoys getting in my own way. When I fail to recognize or acknowledge the rhythm of the Universe (also known as Divine Timing) I am under the illusion that my will can oppose Thy will and prevail. And while I use terminology that is religious or spiritual to make the point, it’s somewhat misleading.
Energy is the source of All That Is, including us. When we fail to align with the Universal or cosmic flow of energy, it’s like attempting to swim upstream. Better to move in tandem with that energy, or wait it out, until there is a change of either speed or direction that is more supportive of where it is we want to go.
Nature is great example. Plants have no ego. They have a time to germinate, a time to grow, a time to bud and a time to bloom. They make no effort to impose alternate timing or an alternate outcome. If I can take some liberty and attribute to them a quality they may not exactly have… they trust the Universe.
I think someone tried to tell us to do the same when they said “To everything there is a season…”.
So, its now two weeks into this “slow down period” and the smartest thing I can do is align with it. Having tried to do otherwise for these past fourteen days, I’ve decided today to begin doing just that. I meditated for half an hour this morning and now have written this blog. It is 10:30am. I am about to spend the rest of the day on the sofa reading, watching uplifting DVD’s and… well… not much of anything else.
Except awaiting a change of speed and direction, that is..
Like the rest of the world I watched with rapt attention and welling emotion as the last, heroic Chilean miner was lifted from the collapsed mine after being trapped for 69 days. Defying logic and the odds, all 33 men survived an unimaginable nightmare and did so with both grace and dignity intact.
Two thoughts come to mind. 1) There are no accidents, and, 2) there are only two emotions, love and fear.
I have always been a believer that everything happens for a reason… even those things that seem to make no sense at all. For while we may not be able to make sense of some events or personal experiences, everything that happens offers the potential for growth. This is Life.
And so, in a world adrift economically, politically, and socially… 33 miners show us how to defy the odds, rise above limitation and scant resources, and accomplish the impossible.
But there’s more.
What the recent rescue teaches us is the power of Love. In a world so long enamored with the love of power, this is a much needed lesson.
The people of Chile are apparently of hearty stock, with an indomitable spirit, national pride, passion for life, unshakable belief in God, and comfort with the expression of emotion regardless of gender. Love of life, love of country, love of one another and love of God.
And the complete absence of fear.
I did not hear or see fear anywhere. Not among the trapped miners, not by the President of Chile, not by the waiting family members who camped out in the desert for months on end. Fear was absent in Chile and in the absence of fear, miracles occur.
There are no accidents. What we have witnessed in Chile is a lamp unto the nations… the hand of God… reaching out to guide us in the direction of all that is good.
May we pay attention, set our intentions, and proceed with unbridled love.
It seems that the Obama Administration has today lifted the Gulf off shore drilling ban it imposed after the BP oil explosion.
A skeptic might say that the sudden reversal is nothing more than a political move to try and gain whatever votes can be had for the upcoming mid-term elections in which polls show the Democrat party taking a severe beating. After all, the ban has hurt an already struggling economy by eliminating 10-15,000 jobs. Until recently, the Administration seemed tone deaf to the voices calling for the lifting of the ban. Now, with the Democrat majority in both Houses in jeopardy, the President’s hearing has taken a turn for the better. A skeptic just might say.
I’m not a skeptic. I’m a spiritual warrior moving through a paradigm shift who always looks for the highest message. I think the message here is that try as they may, the methods, policies and tactics that were effective in the old paradigm are unquestionably impotent in this one. I also think that you cannot now impede what some call the “will of the People”… but what others call the collective consciousness.
What we are going through is real change. Real change means the way in which things get accomplished defy the methods of the past. Real change is each individual awakening to the full scope of their own internal power to effect change. Real change is the stuff of legends and miracles. There will be many miracles beheld and many legends born of this time of transition.
And so, I leave the political analysis context and finger pointing to those still mired in the old paradigm. Looking at it all from higher ground, all that happened was all that needed to happen… whether those with “apparent power” planned on it or not.
It isn’t that we drill or not in the Gulf. It’s how we drill.
We must do so with a consciousness of gratitude for the abundance of energy that is there and respect for how we obtain that energy and use it.
That will be real change and now we’re being given the chance to show that we can rise to the occasion.